Tom Holland has been announced as the new Spider-Man.
An post on the Marvel website confirmed the casting, following an extensive search by the studios.
Tom Rothman, the Chairman of Sony Motion Pictures Group, said of the casting;
“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin [Feige, Marvel President], Amy [Pascal, producer] and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
As well as the casting news, Marvel also confirmed that Jon Watts would direct the Spidey reboot. Feige commented on the hiring;
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Holland will star in the new Spider-Man film, due to be released on 28 July 2017, as well as an expected cameo in Captain America: Civil War next year.